The best Asia ETFs

How do I invest in Asian stocks?

The easiest way to invest in the whole Asian stock market is to invest in a broad market index. This can be done at a low cost by using ETFs.

In this curated investment guide, you will find all ETFs that allow you to invest broadly diversified in Asian stocks. Currently, there are 17 ETFs available.

The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs tracking stocks from Asia is between 0,10% p.a. and 0,74% p.a..

 
0,10% p.a. - 0,74% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of Asia ETFs
tracking stocks from Asia, which are tracked by ETFs
that track a broadly diversified Asia index
 
The best indices for Asia ETFs

How do I invest in companies from Asia and the Pacific region?

Investing in the Asian stock market can be very easy and cost-effective by using a single ETF that tracks a broadly diversified index that is weighted by market capitalisation.

The available Asia ETFs differ significantly in some cases. The Japanese stock market has been highly developed for decades and plays a leading role worldwide. As a consequence, there are a lot of Japan ETFs available. Covering Japan with one of these ETFs, for example on the MSCI Japan or the Nikkei 225, can therefore be done very easily and at low cost. Index providers take this into account, which is why Japan is excluded from most indices covering Asian markets. Moreover, the available ETFs differ in whether only developed markets, only emerging markets or both types are tracked. Furthermore, some indices cover the Pacific region in addition to Asia.

This curated investment guide allows you to compare both the available ETFs and the underlying indices on Asia and the Pacific region and to select an ETF that fits your preferences best.

In our ETF screener, you will find additional Asia ETFs, like sustainable Asia-Pacific ETFs and dividend ETFs on Asia. Furthermore, you can monitor the performance of various Asia and Pacific indices with our market overview “ETF Asia-Pacific”.
 

Performance of broadly diversified Asia indices in comparison

Source: justETF Research; As of 2/10/22; Performance over 1 year in EUR.

 

Indices in comparison

Indices on stocks from Asia

The best indices for Asia ETFs

For an investment in stocks from Asia, there are 5 indices available that are tracked by 17 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0,10% p.a. and 0,74% p.a.. Depending on the market environment, stocks from a single country can make up large parts of an index. You can find more information regarding the concentration of countries, companies and sectors in the index factsheets linked below.
 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan Asia Pacífico 2 ETFs 415
(31/3/22)
The FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan index tracks large and mid cap stocks from developed countries in the Asia Pacific region excluding Japan.
Index factsheet
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan Asia Pacífico 4 ETFs 1.092
(31/8/22)
The MSCI AC Far East ex Japan index tracks equity markets of the emerging and developed countries of the East Asian region, excluding Japan.
Index factsheet
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia Asia Pacífico 5 ETFs 1.147
(31/8/22)
The MSCI Emerging Markets Asia index tracks large and mid cap companies from Asian emerging markets.
Index factsheet
MSCI Pacific ex Japan Asia Pacífico 5 ETFs 118
(31/8/22)
The MSCI Pacific index tracks the equity markets of the developed markets in the Pacific region excluding Japan (Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand).
Index factsheet
Solactive Core Developed Markets Pacific ex Japan Large & Mid Cap Asia Pacífico 1 ETF 164
(31/3/22)
The Solactive Core Developed Markets Pacific ex Japan Large & Mid Cap index tracks large and mid cap stocks from developed countries in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan). The index excludes companies that are engaged in pure coal mining, controversial weapons or, for a continuous period of three years, have violated the UN Global Compact principles.
Index factsheet
Index 1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
5 years
in %
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan -10,82% -11,88% -14,29% -19,41% -1,47% 2,44%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia -9,98% -8,35% -11,66% -16,23% 8,13% 12,30%
FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan -10,14% -4,92% -14,59% -10,62% 8,68% 18,57%
Solactive Core Developed Markets Pacific ex Japan Large & Mid Cap -8,95% -3,05% -11,05% -4,00% 7,04% -
MSCI Pacific ex Japan -8,19% -2,63% -11,02% -3,46% 6,99% 24,27%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/9/22; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

ETFs in comparison

ETFs tracking stocks from Asia

All Asia ETFs in comparison

In the table below we have listed the currently available Asia ETFs. Via the "Properties" and "Performance" tabs, you can find detailed information on these ETFs and sort them according to your desired criterion. More information about the different criteria when choosing an ETF can be found in our article on ETF selection.
 
ETF
ISIN
Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Inception date Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares Core MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B52MJY50 2.524 0,20% p.a. 12/1/10 Acumulación Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
iShares MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B5L8K969 1.571 0,20% p.a. 6/8/10 Acumulación Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
Amundi MSCI Emerging Markets Asia UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681044480 1.125 0,20% p.a. 22/3/18 Acumulación Luxemburgo Swap sin fondos
iShares MSCI AC Far East ex-Japan UCITS ETFIE00B0M63730 1.045 0,74% p.a. 28/10/05 Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
SPDR MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETFIE00B466KX20 913 0,55% p.a. 13/5/11 Acumulación Irlanda Optimizada muestreo
Vanguard FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF DistributingIE00B9F5YL18 734 0,15% p.a. 21/5/13 Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
Amundi ETF MSCI Emerging Markets Asia UCITS ETF USDLU1681044563 730 0,20% p.a. 22/3/18 Acumulación Luxemburgo Swap sin fondos
HSBC MSCI AC Far East ex Japan UCITS ETF USDIE00BBQ2W338 374 0,45% p.a. 27/9/13 Acumulación Irlanda Optimizada muestreo
HSBC MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF USDIE00B5SG8Z57 313 0,15% p.a. 3/9/10 Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
L&G Asia Pacific ex Japan Equity UCITS ETFIE00BFXR5W90 263 0,10% p.a. 8/10/18 Acumulación Irlanda Optimizada muestreo
iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan UCITS ETF (Dist)IE00B4WXJD03 223 0,60% p.a. 17/4/09 Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
Lyxor MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF - AccLU1781541849 175 0,12% p.a. 5/3/18 Acumulación Luxemburgo Swap sin fondos
Vanguard FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF AccIE00BK5BQZ41 127 0,15% p.a. 24/9/19 Acumulación Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Pacific (ex Japan) UCITS ETF (USD) A-disLU0446734526 96 0,30% p.a. 2/10/09 Distribución Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
iShares MSCI AC Far East ex-Japan UCITS ETF USD (Acc)IE00BKPX3K41 72 0,74% p.a. 1/4/20 Acumulación Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
Lyxor MSCI Pacific Ex Japan UCITS ETF - DistLU1220245556 13 0,12% p.a. 29/4/15 Distribución Luxemburgo Swap sin fondos
HSBC MSCI AC Far East ex Japan UCITS ETF USD (Dist)IE00022VXYM7 2 0,45% p.a. 12/7/22 Distribución Irlanda Optimizada muestreo
ETF
ISIN
1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
5 years
in %
iShares Core MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B52MJY50 -8,19% -2,63% -11,02% -3,46% 6,99% 24,27%
iShares MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B5L8K969 -9,98% -8,35% -11,66% -16,23% 8,13% 12,30%
Amundi MSCI Emerging Markets Asia UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681044480 -11,25% -8,63% -12,24% -17,07% 7,14% 11,67%
iShares MSCI AC Far East ex-Japan UCITS ETFIE00B0M63730 -10,82% -11,88% -14,29% -19,41% -1,47% 2,44%
SPDR MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETFIE00B466KX20 -11,02% -9,44% -12,88% -17,64% 6,43% 10,90%
Vanguard FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF DistributingIE00B9F5YL18 -10,14% -4,92% -14,59% -10,62% 8,68% 18,57%
Amundi ETF MSCI Emerging Markets Asia UCITS ETF USDLU1681044563 -10,92% -9,31% -12,63% -17,24% 6,92% 11,44%
HSBC MSCI AC Far East ex Japan UCITS ETF USDIE00BBQ2W338 -11,75% -12,71% -15,08% -20,01% -1,66% 2,92%
HSBC MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF USDIE00B5SG8Z57 -8,59% -3,10% -11,43% -3,87% 6,27% 22,82%
L&G Asia Pacific ex Japan Equity UCITS ETFIE00BFXR5W90 -8,95% -3,05% -11,05% -4,00% 7,04% -
iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan UCITS ETF (Dist)IE00B4WXJD03 -8,43% -2,95% -11,39% -4,03% 5,50% 21,64%
Lyxor MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF - AccLU1781541849 -10,81% -9,16% -12,40% -16,85% 7,95% -
Vanguard FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF AccIE00BK5BQZ41 -10,74% -5,53% -15,14% -11,22% 8,00% -
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Pacific (ex Japan) UCITS ETF (USD) A-disLU0446734526 -8,32% -2,81% -11,00% -3,53% 6,66% 23,58%
iShares MSCI AC Far East ex-Japan UCITS ETF USD (Acc)IE00BKPX3K41 -10,83% -11,80% -14,29% -19,40% - -
Lyxor MSCI Pacific Ex Japan UCITS ETF - DistLU1220245556 -8,85% -3,33% -11,62% -4,06% 6,13% 23,61%
HSBC MSCI AC Far East ex Japan UCITS ETF USD (Dist)IE00022VXYM7 -11,18% - - - - -

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/9/22